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The Ministry of Health is calling on persons to desist from disposing of garbage indiscriminately in and around their communities.
This appeal comes in the wake of the malaria outbreak and other public health challenges affecting the island.
“Our surroundings are important and we need to make sure that we keep the place clean, especially at this time when we generate a lot of garbage,” Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in the Ministry, Dr. Sheila Campbell-Forrester told JIS News.
She urged persons to contact the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) to correctly dispose of garbage, instead of throwing it in places where it should not go.
“The drains are really not garbage receptacles. When we throw garbage into drains what happens is that the water flows slower and the mosquitoes like to breed in this slow flowing water,” Dr. Campbell-Forrester pointed out.
“We make things worse for ourselves, when we fail to keep our environment clean,” she said, adding that failure by persons to keep their surroundings clean encouraged the breeding of other vectors and rats.
The Acting CMO suggested that Jamaica returned to a stage of “cleanliness being next to Godliness”, arguing that if this was done, the risk of diseases would be reduced.
Some 50 breeding sites for the anopheles mosquito, which is responsible for the transmission of malaria, have been located and destroyed in the parishes of St. Catherine, Kingston and St. Andrew.